Posted on May 19, 2016 by Joanna Carver

A team of graduate finance students placed third in the Association for Corporate Growth case study competition in Houston this semester. It was the second year that a UTSA team had participated in this competition.

Team members were Mona Mirsalim , Ryan Mohan and Jake Ruby . Their team mentor was finance adjunct faculty member Mike Naquin . And, they received additional support from Lalatendu Misra , professor of finance and department chair, and Keith Fairchild , associate professor of finance.

“I thought this was a great way to immerse myself in the topic of mergers and acquisitions,” said Ruby, a MBA student concentrating in finance. “Through this process we developed a fundamental understanding of how mergers and acquisitions work from a financial and operational perspective.”

The competition is designed to give students real-world experience and valuable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. The students presented their case to a 10-member board and competed against teams from throughout Texas.

“This competition definitely gives you a good frame of reference for what it would be like getting into the mergers and acquisitions world as a career,” said Mohan, a master of science in finance major. “It takes what we’ve learned in the classroom and allows us to apply it in a competition setting.”

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